ElectionGudie

Oct. 7, 2002 Held

608,830
Voted
Trinidad and Tobago

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Election for Trinidadian House of Representatives

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 36 seats in the House of Representatives

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Arthur N.R. Robinson *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Patrick MANNING
  • Assembly: Trinidad and Tobago has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 31 seats and the House of Representatives with 36 seats.

* The President is elected by indirect vote an electoral college consisting of ten senators, the Speaker, and twelve members of the House of Representatives.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by indirect vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Senate 31 members are appointed to serve 5-year terms*. In the House of Representatives 36 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

* In the Senate, 31 members are appointed by the president for a maximum term of 5 years.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's National Movement (PNM)
    • Leader: Patrick MANNING
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 20
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 18
  • Party: United National Congress (UNC)
    • Leader: Basdeo PANDAY
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 16
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 18
  • Party: Others
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 0
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: N/A

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Elections were last held on December 10, 2001.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 1,277,840 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 875,260 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 643,116 (2002)

·         Is Trinidad and Tobago a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (27 June 1985)

·         Has Trinidad and Tobago ratified CEDAW: Yes (12 January 1990)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 7 (House of Representatives) following the 2002 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 64 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Trinidad and Tobago a signatory to CRPD: Yes (27 September 2007)

·         Has Trinidad and Tobago ratified CRPD: Yes (25 June 2015)

·         Population with a disability: 191,676 (est.)